How to DIY some Awesome Cedar Bathroom Storage!

I feel like I have been jumping from room to room getting things done around here. It's crazy, but I love it. I can walk into 3 different rooms and see something new + pretty that I love. Right now I just finished something beautiful + simple for our bathroom. I love my DIY cedar bathroom storage!

I was inspired by Rogue Engineer's Apothecary Wall Shelf from last fall. I would like to point out that this guy is one of the few DIY'ers that I religiously follow. Right now he is flipping a house! So jealous, but I think I am better to focus on my home versus one for someone else.

So like I said my cedar bathroom storage is super simple. No pocket jigs. I struggle with them so I try to avoid them. AND I didn't want to have to fill holes in cedar. I can't imagine the pain! I used nails, some glue, and screws. If you are going to see screw heads, you might as well pick something pretty like a cabinet screw. Tools used were a miter saw, table saw, + drill. Honestly, if you only need the storage to be 3 1/2" just use a regular 1 x 4 board. I wanted mine a little deeper so that meant I had to use the table saw.

DIY Cedar Bathroom Storage

I love pictures to describe how to create something. They can show more clearly what needs to be done than a lot of words. Which is why a lot of my DIY posts are image heavy.

I started with a simple drawing and overall dimensions. I like simple sketches because they give you an overall feel of what you want a project to come out like.

I started out with a simple sketch for my cedar bathroom storage, and took it to the next level with cedar that I already had in my garage.
I started out with a simple sketch for my cedar bathroom storage, and took it to the next level with cedar that I already had in my garage.
Cedar tends to be a very rough board, so I gave everything I nice sanding before I put my cedar bathroom storage together.
Cedar tends to be a very rough board, so I gave everything I nice sanding before I put my cedar bathroom storage together.

You seriously should sand your wood before you put a project together. There are just some places that are hard to reach with a sander AFTER the project has been put together. Someone please tell that to my hubby.

Making sure the base frame of my cedar bathroom storage is square makes it easier once I started putting the shelves in.
Making sure the base frame of my cedar bathroom storage is square makes it easier once I started putting the shelves in.

Start by putting your frame together. My cedar was old and very dry so pre-drilling was a must. I did not want any cracking or splitting. I used glue and 3D finishing nails to hold it together. If you have a nailer please feel free to use it. We have one but with my pacemaker it is a no-no.

I need a top piece or a header as you might say to attach my cedar bathroom storage to the wall.
I need a top piece or a header as you might say to attach my cedar bathroom storage to the wall.

Next put in your top plate. This you will use to attach your cedar bathroom storage to the wall + studs. I used glue and 1 5/8" screws  to hold the plate in place.

A close up of the back of the cubby part on my cedar bathroom storage.
A close up of the back of the cubby part on my cedar bathroom storage.

Then figure out how tall you want your cubby area on the bottom. I went with 3 1/2". It was the perfect height to contain our brushes. Above is a picture from the back side. I am using unused, not project, wood that is lying around in the garage. I used left over pieces that were from when I stripped my boards to make the cubby area. The back vertical piece and the dividing pieces are roughly 1" by 1". The face piece, front side, is roughly 2 5/8" tall. You can make this piece touch the bottom shelf or leave it open like mine. All this was attached together with glue (every edge), nails (the small pieces), and cabinet screws (for the face + back rail to sides).

Shelf Placement

Using pieces of cedar, I added a shelf to my cedar bathroom storage.
Using pieces of cedar, I added a shelf to my cedar bathroom storage.
The view from the front of my diy'ed cedar nathroom storage.
The view from the front of my diy'ed cedar nathroom storage.

Then figure out where your shelves are going to be...break out those brushes again. You want to make sure you can get them in and out easily. I later went back and put in another shelf towards the top for my essential oils. I attached my shelves with glue and the cabinet screws.

Finishing

After that give the whole baby another good sanding! Front and back and everywhere in between. Please make sure to get any wood glue sanded off. If you decide to stain it the glue will pop out like a sore thumb.

I then spray varnished it in satin with Minwax Polycrylic (water based).

Cedar bathroom organization
Cedar bathroom organization

After it had dried, I hung it centered on my wall. I made extra sure it was level.

Something wasn't right...

Something just didn't look right so my awesome hubby found another piece of cedar hiding in the garage and I added a third shelf. I wanted to fit my essential oils on it as well so I grabbed my biggest bottle and used that to get an idea of where to put the third shelf.

Cedar bathroom storage gap
Cedar bathroom storage gap
My cedar bathroom storage with the much needed 3rd shelf!
My cedar bathroom storage with the much needed 3rd shelf!

The third shelf really made a difference visually for me. It had too much empty space for me aesthetically without it.

I absolutely LOVE it!

The 3rd shelf of my cedar bathroom storage is the perfect spot for my essential oils!
The 3rd shelf of my cedar bathroom storage is the perfect spot for my essential oils!

What would you store in this DIY cedar beauty?